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Here’s how to ace Class 10 boards
Hindustan Times
New Delhi, January 08, 2013
First Published: 18:01 IST(8/1/2013)
Last Updated: 16:44 IST(9/1/2013)
A student prepares for board exams in New Delhi on Saturday. HT photo Sanjeev Verma

Most Class 10 students have opted out of the board exams conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education in March. They have chosen to be evaluated based on the Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) system. Experts suggest that there is no need to fear the boards. Students writing the exams need to keep the following things in mind while preparing in order to score well.

Science
In science, identify the chapters with maximum weightage in exams and then revise the key concepts from them. Concentrate more on the three- and five-mark questions. During the last few days, it is very important to remain focused. So, choose only the textbook and just study that. More books will add to the confusion and doubts and will limit your plan. Generally the NCERT book will cater to about 60-70% of the questions asked in exams, so it is recommended as the first choice. It is important that you practise by writing down the most important reactions, concepts and even practise the diagrams so that you can recall them easily during exams. Make sure you study all the reactions, electron dot structures, isomers; for example, practise filling up a blank periodic table. In biology, study heredity and evolution and reproduction of organisms.

Mathematics
In maths, it is very important that you revise the key concepts thoroughly. Solve a lot of problems in the next one month; solving more questions will help you crack the questions during exams quickly. You should write the paper with the aim of finishing it in two hours and 45 minutes and thus leaving 15 minutes to revise and verify your responses. Your paper is of 90 marks and you have 180 minutes at your disposal. So, make sure you distribute your time proportionally. That means you should not assign more than two minutes to a one-mark question and similarly not more than six minutes to a three-mark question. Try to, in the examination, start from Section D and move in the reverse direction. Section D questions require longer time and good concentration and, therefore, you should be at your freshest best to solve them.

English
From your unit tests, you must have by now recognised your weak chapters and topics. Make sure you revise them well. Practise questions from the troublesome topics and submit them to your teacher for correction. As you correct your weak areas, your confidence will improve and this will definitely boost your marks. Make sure you read the textbook thoroughly and not just the summary of the chapters. Unless you can demonstrate an in-depth understanding in your answers, the examiner will not be inclined to give you high marks. Do not forget to quote from the text for added impact. Make sure you do a reality check every now and then to be aware of your strong and weak areas.

Last but not least, remember you need to be at your best during the exam and not before it. So, do not forget to start taking things easy a week before the exam. Try to finish all the tough and major revisions by the first week of February so that the few days before the exam are spent on just revising the key concepts and not all. Remember, a fine finish requires a planned approach towards the goal. All the best!

Social Studies
Most students make the mistake of taking social science as theoretical and boring. Hence, they miss the fine prints of concepts. On the contrary, chapters related to political science are very much inter-related and students need to clear their concepts in terms of understanding the intricacies and thus being able to relate to the questions objectively. In history, most of the questions are related to nationalism. Try to remember the significant events and timelines. Geography is purely based on facts, do not guess or give any wrong information while answering questions. It is important that for long answers, you plan the structure well so that it looks organised and not haphazard. Make sure the NCERT textbook is revised thoroughly and highlight the important points so that you can just refresh your memory by glancing at it when you revise just before the exams.

Topper talk

Attempt the easy questions first
— Arpit Rajput
Scored 8 CGPA in Class 10
Salwan Public School, Rajendra Nagar, Delhi

I focused on getting my concepts clear while preparing. When I sat in the examination hall, my objective was to attempt those questions first which I could easily answer. I ensured that I spared enough time to do the remaining ones. I started my preparation for the board exams in January and continued it sincerely as I wanted to go for the science stream in Class 11. Those appearing for the boards this year must focus on their concepts rather than mugging up lessons. If you follow this mantra, you can be assured of good grades, especially in science and mathematics. Students opting for the board exams should not fear them. Just think that you are writing an exam at a new place and keep calm.

As told to Gauri Kohli

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